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Addendum: This 1920s Opening Day Ticket Stub is described in our printed catalog (the printed catalog description appears below) as dating from 1923. After further research, we are uncertain about this identification and in light of this have decided to withdraw the lot.
Extraordinarily rare and historic ticket stub from the first game ever played at Yankee Stadium, on April 18, 1923. Like the equally rare specially produced one-day program from this game (which is offered in the preceding lot), this ticket is considered by many to be the single most significant regular-season ticket stub in existence and is even more highly prized than almost all rare early World Series tickets. It is also one of the most elusive. This ticket, which was only just recently discovered, is one of only a few known examples. During the past forty years, it is the first example we have ever even been called about. The fact that so few have ever surfaced is even more astonishing given the fact that 74,000 people attended the grand opening of "The House That Ruth Built." The printing on the ticket denotes "Game No. 1" of the season and is labeled "Stadium" (most likely bleacher seating or standing-room-only entry). An advertisement for "Canada Dry" appears on the reverse. This ticket was only just recently discovered in upstate New York by a retiree whose hobby is stamp collecting. He discovered it in a box of diverse "junk" during the clean up of an old farmhouse that was previously occupied by a ninety-six-year-old gentleman. Without realizing its true value or significance, he offered the ticket on Ebay with a starting bid of $3.00. By the end of the first day, after he was bombarded with significant offers to buy the ticket outright, he realized that he had something a little bit more valuable than just an old ticket stub. When he called Robert Edward Auctions to consign the piece (just at our deadline, we might add), we were delighted and amazed. To have both a 1923 Yankee Stadium opening-day program and a ticket from that game in the same auction is simply incredible. The fact that this ticket is new to the hobby is all the more remarkable. This is the first 1923 Yankee Stadium opening-day ticket stub we have ever handled and it will probably be quite some time before we see another. The ticket (1.25 x 3.25 inches) is bright and clean, displays a number of moderate creases, and is in Very Good condition overall. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
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